First Author™

This special education writing curriculum transforms students taking the alternate assessment into early communicators capable of expressing themselves. It was designed specifically for students with autism and other complex needs.

Building Bridges through Writing

First Author™ is a comprehensive writing curriculum that guides educators to teach beginning writing skills to students with special needs including autism. It helps prepare students for the alternate assessment (including DLM, STAAR, and NCSC). But most importantly, you will help your students see themselves as authors who have the potential to share and communicate with others.

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Comprehensive Writing Instruction

Scripted lessons guide educators step-by-step through the process of teaching writing to students with special needs. It covers a range of abilities from scribbling to writing writing complete words and paragraphs.


Assessment

A comprehensive group of measurement tools monitor writing development, communication, and behavior.


Standards-Based IEP Goals

Guides standards-based IEP goals tied to Common Core State Standards and alternate standards including examples for writing, language, speaking, and listening.


Classroom Management

Structured classroom time is broken down through mini-lessons (4x/week), writing time (4x/week), and sharing time (Author’s Chair) (1x/week).


Accommodation Strategies

Guides instructional supports for each student including “writing” tools and communication methods.


What’s Included

– Curriculum Guide – Instruction Guide – 80 Mini-lessons – 63 Tip Sheets – Assessment Guide (includes standards-based IEP goals) – Classroom Posters – Teacher Resource CD with reproducible tools

  • First Author Writing Curriculum Guide (spiral binder) with an appendix, containing support tools—125 pages
  • First Author Mini-lessons and Tip Sheets (spiral binder)—180 pages
  • Posters
  • Teacher Resource CD—Posters, reproducible tools to include; data collection tool, sample parent letters, Meet the Author materials, Author’s Toolkit labels and tabs, Communication boards, Letter boards, Topic boards, Writing Measure form, PD tips for supporting adults

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First Author™ Writing Curriculum Pricing

Check out sample lessons included in our First Author Writing Curriculum Sampler…

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The Curriculum Sampler includes sections of the Curriculum Guide to help you become familiar with the philosophy behind this curriculum, as well as two scripted Mini-lessons with student Tip Sheets. It also includes the complete Table of Contents so you can see what topics are included in the complete Curriculum Guide.

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First Author Writing Curriculum

$699/per classroom

 
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Standards Alignment

The curriculum aligns to the expectations of the new alternate assessments. With First Author Writing Curriculum, you can feel confident that your students are getting the best writing instruction possible and will be prepared to demonstrate their skills.

Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching

DLM Essential Elements

NCSC Core Content Connectors

STAAR Alternate 2

Florida English/Language Arts Access Points